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Karachi

July 18, 2017

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US consul general launches Sindh’s soil fertility atlas study report

US consul general launches Sindh’s soil fertility atlas study report

US Consul General Grace Shelton along with Pakistan Agricultural Research Council Chairman Dr Yusuf Zafar inaugurated a report on Sindh’s Soil Fertility Atlas Study on Monday.

This launch is part of a partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC), USAID and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

The Soil Fertility Atlas for Sindh provides a comprehensive account of the soil types and their current fertility status, native best management practices, fertilizer use trends at the farm-gate level, and management strategies for normal and constrained soils for resource-based improvement.

Speaking at the event, Consul General Grace Shelton said, “The United States’ fifty-year commitment to partnering with Pakistan to strengthen its agricultural sector and rural communities continues today. 

“The US Department of Agriculture and the US Agency for International Development are partnering with their counterparts throughout Pakistan to transfer expertise and technology to improve economic opportunities for farmers and their families.”

In his comments, Francisco Gamarro, deputy FAOR Pakistan, noted: “This launch event marks the closing of this project but also is just the beginning in connecting the private sector and farmers’ associations in the country for promoting nutrient stewardship for enhanced and improved productivity.”

According to a press release issued by the US Consulate, the Atlas is based on the agricultural statistics, field-based assessment and source data collected from provincial and federal departments and agencies.

Series of workshops/ consultations were conducted at various locations across Sindh for gathering information and document experience from the national and provincial stakeholders, including growers of major crops like wheat, rice, cotton, maize and sugarcane. 

The loss of soil fertility in many developing countries poses an immediate threat to food security. Appropriate use of fertilizers on soils of low natural fertility makes it possible to grow more and promote crop diversification.

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